Africa’s heartless and hopelessly corrupt dictators

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President Obama with African Leaders at the U.S African Leaders Summit

       Recently, U.S President, Barack Obama came under criticism for the choice of African leaders invited to the White House for the U.S African Leaders Summit, even though the Zimbabwean Dictator, Robert Mugabe was excluded. Obama was also criticized for avoiding subjects like corruption and human rights issues during his opening address. Some of the controversial African leaders present where Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Burkina Faso’s Blaise Campaore, Angola’s Jose Eduardo, Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, Cameroon’s Paul Biya, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, most of whom preside over countries with poor human rights records and excessive corruption. But the Head of State that sharply caught my attention was President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.
   

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     President Obiang took power from his ‘mad’ uncle who hung his opponents from street light poles in 1979. This implies that he has been head of state for 35 years, making him Africa’s longest serving dictator. And since then, he has ‘won’ the Presidential Elections with more than 99% of the votes. Of course, through electoral fraud! Following in his uncles footsteps, he has shot and jailed his political opponents or anyone he considers a threat to his continued stay in power. But President Obiang is not only heartless, he is hopelessly corrupt.
     Despite Equatorial Guinea being one of the biggest oil-producing countries in Africa and he boldly boasting a personal wealth of more than $600million, he’s far from generous with his riches. The average income of his citizens is $2 a day. An overwhelming number of citizens are very poor and clean water is very scarce. They hardly live beyond 53 and infant mortality is so high that 20 per cent of children die before they reach five years of age. Last year the country ranked 163 out of 177 on Transparency International. The country has no freedom of the press whatsoever and the country’s one television station is government-run.
     In 2011, the United States’ Department of Justice made moves to seize more than $70 million in assets from President Obiang’s son, Teodorin Nguema Obiang. Justice Department lawyers alleged Nguema, on top of his official government salary of $100,000, used his position to amass more than $100 million through corruption and money laundering, including a $30 million dollar mansion in Malibu, California and a $38.5 million Gulfstream jet. He
was also the focus of a corruption investigation in France who seized his 101 room Paris mansion, a collection of cars and other luxury assets.
       President Obiang obviously doesn’t care about citizens of his country but busies himself creating all sorts of means to steal money from them. His acts are very despicable and of course, should be condemned. However, he is not the only African Head of State with such terrible records. They are actually so many of them; heartless, brutal and hopelessly corrupt with countries having very poor human rights records and riddled with conflicts. It is an extremely sorry situation that these clueless African leaders do not recognize that their actions shape the future of our dear Africa. For Africa to grow out of its present state of perennial poverty, conflicts and lack of opportunities, the Era of mad, power drunken dictators and leaders must end. Africa must find a way of developing Africa and it must start by getting rid of these hopeless, corrupt leaders. Enough of constantly relying on Western help.
#NoToCorruptionInAfrica

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13 thoughts on “Africa’s heartless and hopelessly corrupt dictators

    Dr. Rex said:
    August 7, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    This is not the only one to raise some “feathers”. He also included Museveni from Uganda … who signed the AntiHomosexual Act … and is persecuting the LGBT community there with governmental sanctions. SMH ,,,, What is he thinking of??

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      lotenna responded:
      August 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Of course, Uganda’s Museveni is a power drunk fool. In Uganda, homosexuality is punishable by death. Even in Nigeria, President Jonathan signed a bill into law criminalizing same sex relationships with a jail term of 14yrs.

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        Dr. Rex said:
        August 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        I think they removed the death penalty. And the courts have decided the this law is unconstitutional. It’s a work in progress but still a disgrace!! SMH ….

        Heard about Nigeria too. It’s all a cauldron of violation of human rights!!

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    Dr. Rex said:
    August 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ” U.S African Leaders Summit” ….. another bad choice??? Don’t forget Uganda’s Museveni …..

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    David Azik said:
    August 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with the comments above, and thanks too, to Lotenna for writing this post, but people, seem to forget why Obama, probably, invited these people and didn’t mention the issues that maybe should have been addressed: business. Yes, many of these leaders may be “hopelessly corrupt” but what the continent needs as a whole to grow (as well as honest leaders, which there aren’t much of in any country) is business.

    Africa is now making more money through business than it is in aid. Some of these leaders are corrupt, but at least business is coming Africa’s way which wasn’t the case before. I’d rather the continent have one thing going for it then none.

    You say “enough of constantly relying on Western help” well that’s what Africa is beginning to do, but the west are also guilty of constantly, and repeatedly portraying Africa as a place that needs its help, and in turn the continent looks far more dependent than it is; look at your own posts of Africa for example, how many of them are about the abundance of good things happening and how it is bettering itself without the West? It doesn’t help Africa look like a continent worth investing in, which, despite some of its problems (which are there, and severe and need to solved), it is.

    People living in Africa are FULLY aware of its problems, and understand them more than the people living outside it. Africans themselves will solve it, the best thing for the world to do is to recognise it as an equal platform, treat it like other places in the world, even with its problems, and let it heal itself.

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      lotenna responded:
      August 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Wow! This was so refreshing to read. So Insightful. Thanks, David.
      I know that Obama invited the leaders to talk business which is very good but many expected him to use that opportunity to preach a little of transparency to the leaders (in no disrespectful way, of course). I am African and my President, Goodluck Jonathan was there and I can say that corrupt Governments in Africa are ruining business opportunities and foreign investment. However, I can’t over say how right you are when you speak about Africa’s image. Indeed, the bad projection of Africa is also hurting her in many ways.

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        David Azik said:
        August 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

        I don’t think Obama is in a position to talk about transparency for many reasons, but even more so because of Africom, which I think is just another excuse to have military presence in Africa (as if outside meddling hasn’t damaged the country enough?).

        I am originally form Nigeria also, and I fully agree that many of these leaders are a disgrace, and should be removed by any means necessary, even Goodluck Jonathan, along with the rest of his party, could do FAR more for Nigeria, but it’s easier said than done, and trying to make a country that was created by foreigners who knew next to nothing about it’s people or land work is not an easy task. Yes the negative projection is bad, but again it’s up to Africans to solve it as the world media is always hungry for bad news and will report everything wrong with the continent at every opportunity.

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        lotenna responded:
        August 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        I’m always constantly angry when I think about most African countries being ‘foreign fabrications’ and truthfully, that has been one of the fundamental problems of Africa. I can’t agree more with you and I’m happy to learn that you are originally Nigerian.
        I was wondering, ‘does the full name of Azik mean Azikiwe?’

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        David Azik said:
        August 8, 2014 at 12:26 am

        Agreed, that has been the base of many issues in the continent since Africa’s nations achieved independence. I think if Africa had divided itself into several different states (almost like America), and not countries forced to function things would have been very different. But that is an ‘if’, not how it is now. Haha, yea it’s short for Azikiwe.

        Just one more thing I need to say: regarding Obiang, he is like many past Nigerian presidents, or “elites”, a corrupt bastard. I also read about how oil should have turned Nigeria rich, but even the people who lived in the areas where the oil was extracted never saw a change, foreigners were employed to do the work and statesman made all the money, KMT (kissing my teeth). Now I’m thinking: what good is business if the poorest people don’t see the benefits? Africa’s problems are too large, deep and historical to solve in comments, but more people with integrity, like Ken Saro-Wiwa (some people say he wasn’t perfect but he had his heart in the right place), in power would make Africa better, but it will happen.

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        lotenna responded:
        August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

        Yes, Obiang is comparable to the bastard, Abacha of Nigeria and many other African leaders like Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
        It is indeed very sad to see what is happening in the oil producing states of Nigeria. I’ve been there. Their lands and water have been ruined by oil. They can’t farm or fish, they don’t even have clean water. They are so poor and suffering while the corrupt lunatics in power enjoy all the riches from their land.
        …and about Ken Saro Wiwa, he was an activist from that area who criticized Abacha’s government. Abacha killed him and many others

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        David Azik said:
        August 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

        Agreed. I think Shell had a part to play in Saro-Wiwa’s death and are also at least partly to blame for the human rights abuses that occurred in that area too, otherwise I doubt they would have paid the Saro-Wiwa family $15.5 million out of court to settle the case.

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        lotenna responded:
        August 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

        Wow! I never even knew that. $15.5m! They definitely had something to hide!
        Thanks, David for all the wonderful insights. You’re my best blog reader for the week!

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    sedwith said:
    August 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    This blog has an interesting report on Obama’s Africafest
    http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/monsters-ball-obamas-fascist-human-rights-violators-ceo-summit/
    and yes Shell was complicit in the tragic and unbelievably swift act of state terrorism that saw Ken Saro Wiwa tried, found guilty and executed. They were most noticeable in their silence when he could have been supported by the International Community, but that would have harmed profits! Their payment was heavily negotiated pre-trial that payout was cheap by all counts as they would have likely lost big time had the case proceded. Yep David highly unlikely they would have paid anything if they weren’t afraid of what would come out. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jun/08/nigeria-usa

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